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The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle Hardcover – May 1 2001


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (May 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763611735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763611736
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 14.1 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 268 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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By A Customer on March 29 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle, by David Elliott is a great book. If you like exciting cliffhanger books, you will like this one. This book is written by the main character. The book is very exciting. The author writes that if you eat at a Burger restaurant for 6 months something bad will happen to you. In the sixth month, one day something does happen to Roscoe Wizzle. He turns into a bug during class because someone says the word "transmogrification". After a while, Roscoe and his friend go to Gussy's. Roscoe gets in a fight. I'm not going to tell you the rest of the story, so read the story. So if you like cliff-hanger stories call your mom up and ask her to start running!
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Format: Hardcover
The best reward is that my 10 year old grandson just loved this book that I chose for him on instinct!! I wish there were other books by this author to buy - he really knows how to appeal to young readers - and what a great gift!
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By A Customer on Nov. 5 2001
Format: Hardcover
My wife and I got the books on tape version of this book for our eight year old son. We were taking a seven hour flight to Europe and needed some quick ideas for entertaining him. He loved the book. Over the course of our stay he would listen to the book at least an hour everyday. In the end we considered putting limits on his listening time, then we heard the book with him. It was wonderful. Mr. Elliott has an excellent sense of humor that was perfect for both our son and for any adults listening. The story was great and never lagged. For parents more concerned with morals, the book has a strong positive message. We would highly recommend it and can't wait for his next book!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A ZESTFUL READING OF A ZIPPY TALE May 17 2001
By Gail Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
The dialogue's zippy, it is a bit zany, a Kafka-like treat for readers age 7 and up. It's also tantamount to impossible not to like David Elliot's funny, upbeat farce.
First off, you can't expect Roscoe to be an average youngster - his parents, Waldo and Wilma Wizzle, are unlikely nurturers. Dad, is a cymbal tester, and Mom is an orphan who graces their dining table with either mashed potatoes or tuna surprise.
But the surprise isn't really in the tuna - it's in what happens to the town's youngsters when a Gussy's Restaurant franchise opens. What happens to Roscoe after ingesting countless "Jungle Drums," the world's largest hamburgers, is downright shocking.
Not to worry though when Roscoe and his best buddy, a vegetarian and amateur anthropologist, put their minds to it, nothing stops them.
David Krumholtz offers a zestful reading of this laugh provoking tale.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle Nov. 5 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My wife and I got the books on tape version of this book for our eight year old son. We were taking a seven hour flight to Europe and needed some quick ideas for entertaining him. He loved the book. Over the course of our stay he would listen to the book at least an hour everyday. In the end we considered putting limits on his listening time, then we heard the book with him. It was wonderful. Mr. Elliott has an excellent sense of humor that was perfect for both our son and for any adults listening. The story was great and never lagged. For parents more concerned with morals, the book has a strong positive message. We would highly recommend it and can't wait for his next book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Raves from a 10 year old Feb. 24 2002
By Suellen G. Zimet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The best reward is that my 10 year old grandson just loved this book that I chose for him on instinct!! I wish there were other books by this author to buy - he really knows how to appeal to young readers - and what a great gift!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Kids don't usually turn into bugs! March 29 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle, by David Elliott is a great book. If you like exciting cliffhanger books, you will like this one. This book is written by the main character. The book is very exciting. The author writes that if you eat at a Burger restaurant for 6 months something bad will happen to you. In the sixth month, one day something does happen to Roscoe Wizzle. He turns into a bug during class because someone says the word "transmogrification". After a while, Roscoe and his friend go to Gussy's. Roscoe gets in a fight. I'm not going to tell you the rest of the story, so read the story. So if you like cliff-hanger stories call your mom up and ask her to start running!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Silly and Shallow Aug. 15 2004
By C. J. Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
genre: fantasy

The 2-star rating is for literary quality.

This is Roscoe's fluid, conversational, and entertaining account of the outcome of eating at a fast food restaurant built on contaminated property that could well be designated a superfund, toxic waste site.

Characterization vaguely mimics Roald Dahl's style but is otherwise very flat. Silly names. The plot has suspense but is spare in development. Marginal slapstick.

Reading Roscoe's tale is like watching a Bullwinkle cartoon.

The book's big merit is that it will be a magnet for recreational reading; especially 8 - 10 year old boys who are on the reluctant side as readers and have beginning experience with chapter books. It has a place on the classroom shelf.

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